Concerns build over Debian delays
Project death watch?
Organizers of Debian are taking too long too approve new contributors and are threatening the future of the project according to some working on the open source initiative.
Many Debian members are using the Planet Debian forum to express their dismay at delays of more than four months in approving new developers. The last new developer was approved in November 2007.
The furore was sparked by Debian committer Lucas Nussbaum who criticized the apparent lack of urgency. He pointed out that 18 individuals had passed through Debian's convoluted approval process four month's ago but were still waiting for their developer accounts to be set up.
Nussbaum said the delay was putting people off wanting to be involved in future development of the GNU/Linux-based operating system. Most commenters on his blog agreed that the delays were unhelpful.
The problem lies in what some see as an overly rigorous vetting process for admitting new members to Debian. Coupled with the voluntary nature of the project and limits on individual member's availability, this inevitably means there is a long waiting period for new developers to be fully approved.
Recently elected Debian project leader Steve McIntyre noted in his election platform that the new member acceptance process was "rather simpler" when he joined the project in 1996 and vowed to improve project communication.
McIntyre has yet to respond to our email requests for clarification on the situation.®
They are picky if you get to do it good if not do something else. I use Slackware there is only one guy working on it though he gets lots of help and I trust him and he trusts them so far this works, but for a distro with the kind of broad appeal of Debian there has to be a gauntlet to run.
Good luck, all Linux distros benefit from a strong and reliable Debian.
Debian quality in a production environment
We run Debian on all of our servers, and linux-based workstations. It is incredibly reliable, uses less memory and runs faster.
I'm not going to rag on other so-called "cutting edge" distro's. On the other hand, I would never rely on them with my business data in a production environment either.
Good luck to you Steve. We are all looking forward to you addressing this and other issues.
i've only once hard debian crash on me, which was my fault as i was messing around with desktop settings and then deleting it didnt undo what ever it was i did :-S. i run debian as a tin client server and i have found it to work fine. im really pleased that i can update as its being used with out any problems.
if i cant find a how to guide for debian i look on the ubuntu site or anyother debian based distro as it is often very similar to how to do it in debian.
the debian packaging engineers do it in they're free time, which means they things might not be done on time, but who cares its free and works
good work keep it up, the next new PC i get will be running debian from the start